Guide To Serve Lemon Bars Easy

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Homemade lemon bars are a delightful dessert that combines a buttery shortbread crust with a bright and zesty lemon filling. They’re perfect for picnics, potlucks, bake sales, or simply enjoying at home with a cup of tea or coffee. This recipe is easy to follow and yields a generous batch of these sunshine-flavored squares.

Ingredients:

Luscious Lemon Bars
Luscious Lemon Bars

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • For the Filling:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

    2. Make the Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the cold butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. You can also pulse the mixture in a food processor a few times for a quick and easy shortcut.

    3. Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to create a firm and compact crust. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges.

    4. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, and salt until smooth and well combined.

    5. Once the crust is baked, remove it from the oven and carefully pour the lemon filling over it. The crust may be slightly soft, but that’s okay.

    6. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is set and no longer jiggles in the center. The edges will be golden brown and the center may still have a slight wobble, but it will firm up as it cools.

    7. Let the lemon bars cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting and serving. For a cleaner cut, refrigerate the bars for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per bar):

    Calories: 300 (approx.)

  • Fat: 15g (approx.)
  • Saturated Fat: 8g (approx.)
  • Cholesterol: 75mg (approx.)
  • Sodium: 80mg (approx.)
  • Carbohydrates: 35g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 25g (approx.)
  • Protein: 2g (approx.)

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown and may vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    These homemade lemon bars are a delightful treat that is sure to please everyone who tries them. The combination of the buttery crust and the tangy lemon filling is simply irresistible. With their bright flavor and refreshing taste, they’re a perfect way to enjoy the taste of summer any time of year.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?

    You can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch, but fresh lemon juice will definitely give you the best flavor.

    2. How can I tell if my lemon bars are done baking?

    The edges of the crust should be golden brown, and the filling should be mostly set with a slight wobble in the center. When you gently tap the pan, the center shouldn’t jiggle excessively.

    3. My lemon bars are too tart. What can I do?

    If your lemon bars are a bit too tart for your taste, you can adjust the amount of lemon juice next time. You can also try adding a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar to the filling before baking.

    4. How long do lemon bars last?

    Lemon bars can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    5. Can I freeze lemon bars?